The Emily K Center is staffed Monday-Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. On-site operations are more limited on Fridays. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we recommend calling 919-680-0308 to confirm that someone will be onsite before you plan a visit. Masks are required at all times on premises. Learn More
Each year more than 100 committed volunteers leverage their time and talents to support our students and enhance the mission of the Center. From our programming volunteers who make a semester-long commitment, to our board and committee members who help shape the Center’s direction and plan special events, each and every volunteer leaves an indelible mark on our work.
Pioneer Scholars Volunteer Tutor
Working under the supervision of programming staff and Lead Tutors, Pioneer Scholars volunteer tutors provide direct academic and enrichment support to the students in their assigned group. Volunteer tutors make a commitment to serve at least once a week for a semester. All volunteer tutor positions are in the late afternoon/early evening after the students’ traditional school days have concluded. In order to serve as a volunteer tutor, you must be at least 18 years of age, successfully complete a background check, and have a high level of proficiency in literacy, math, and/or STEM-related skills.
Scholars to College Subject Area Tutors work with our high school students in a one-on-one setting in a variety of subjects, with the greatest need in math and the sciences. Volunteers in this role have expertise in a subject area relevant to high school coursework and experience tutoring or teaching. The time commitment is generally one hour per week during after-school or early evening hours, depending on student schedules. Once matched, tutors and students are asked to commit to these one-hour, weekly sessions for the duration of the student’s semester.
Special event volunteers assist during programming, community, and/or fundraising events throughout the year. These are generally one-time commitments. Special project volunteers assist in areas that match their skills and interests, such as photography, video editing, translation services, and administrative support. Individuals who complete the special event and project volunteer application will be added to our volunteer email list and informed as opportunities arise.
The Center benefits greatly from the service of community individuals who commit time and talent to serve on one or more of our standing or special committees and our Board of Directors. These committees provide oversight, advice, and guidance while working to provide support for Center events and fundraising, financial matters, facilities management, program input, and more. Formal nominees for these groups are identified and vetted through an internal process. If you have an interest in supporting the Center through Board or committee service or know of an individual that you think would make a great candidate, please let us know.